Bikes and kids just go together, and as parents, we want our children outside exercising as much as possible. But it's important that we and our Cub Scouts both know the bicycle safety rules for kids.
One of the Tiger electives in the new Cub Scout program, Rolling Tigers, is all about bicycle safety.
Tiger Elective Adventure – Rolling Tigers:
Complete requirements 1-3 plus at least two others.
- With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, try on safety gear you should use while riding a bike. Show how to wear a bicycle helmet properly.
- With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, learn and demonstrate safety tips to follow when riding a bicycle.
- Learn and demonstrate proper hand signals.
- With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, do a safety check on a bicycle.
- With your den or family, go on a bicycle hike wearing your safety equipment. Follow the bicycling safety and traffic laws.
- With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, discuss two different types of bicycles and their uses.
- Learn about a famous bicycle race or famous cyclist. Share what you learn with your den.
- Visit your local or state police department to learn about bicycle riding laws.
- Identify two jobs that use bicycles and discuss how they are used.
The Tiger rank is the only one that includes learning about bike safety for kids, but all of our Scouts need to be reminded about the bicycle safety rules for kids. One way to do this is by having a bike rodeo at one of your pack meetings. You can also hold a community-wide bike rodeo as your joining event or round up activity.
Whether you're working on Rolling Tigers or planning a Cub Scout bike rodeo, you'll want to use this great source of information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Bicycle Safety Activity Kit is a site with fun activities for kids. They're split by age group. One section is for the 4 to 7 year olds and one for the 8 to 11 year olds. The site also has information for parents and den leaders.
The printable activities include a safety basics page, a word find, a crossword puzzle and a word scramble among others. These will make learning bike safety rules for kids fun and easy!
Yours in Scouting,
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